Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I have to pay for a transcript?   Aren't you paid by the Government?

Transcriptionists prepare your transcript on their own time outside of the court room using their own equipment and supplies.   We are not reimbursed for any work on transcriptions on behalf of the Ministry.

How do you determine the fees?

Transcriptions fees are determined by the Administration of Justice Act, O. Reg. 587/91.

How much will my transcription cost?

Transcriptions do vary but I find a good rule of thumb is about 30 pages of typed material per one hour of audio.  The rates, per page, are determined by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General.  Currently, the standard rate is $4.30 per page.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, certified money orders and cheques.  Please note that personal cheques from individuals other than lawyers or firms must clear before work can begin.  If you choose to pay by cheque, ensure you have the extra time required factored in to your delivery requirements.

Can you ship my transcript?

Absolutely.  I can ship anywhere in Ontario for a  nominal fee.  Please inquire if you require shipping.

I just got my transcript but I'm confused by some of the formatting.

Here are a few examples of things you might see in a transcript and what they mean.*  It is important to note that all transcription is done verbatim.  In other words, what we hear is typed exactly.  We do not change or modify the record.


Example #1

MR. SMITH:  Your Honour, I wonder if - if we might look at the next - at the next exhibit?

You'll notice in this example, there are some dashes between some words.  This indicates a repetition of the words the speaker said.


Example #2

THE COURT:  I wonder if  I might suggest we break...

MR. BRADLEY:  Yes, Your Worship?

THE COURT:  ...until 1:45 so you might confer with your client?

Here we see a series of three dots (ellipsis) at the end of the statement by the court and again at the beginning of the following statement by the court.  This indicates that there was an interruption, or sometimes an overlap, of one speaker over another.


Example #3

MS. SANDERSON:  I have three witnesses that....

Here we see four dots at the end of this statement.  That means the speaker trailed off and did not finish the statement.

If you require further clarification, feel free to write for more assistance.

*The examples shown are fictional and not taken from an actual court matter.